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Red Bunny Tails Fountain Grass Pennisetum messiacum

  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 18 - 36 Inches
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Red Bunny Tails Fountain Grass Pennisetum messiacum
Part Sun to Sun 18 - 36

Features

Graceful flower plumes highlight burgundy-green foliage

Heat Tolerant
Deadheading Not Necessary
Grass: 
Grass

Characteristics

Duration: 
Annual
Garden Height: 
18 - 36 Inches
Spacing: 
18 - 24 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Pink
Flower Shade: 
Pink
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Shade: 
Green
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Bloom Time: 
Mid Summer
Bloom Time: 
Late Summer
Bloom Time: 
Early Fall
Bloom Time: 
Mid Fall
Bloom Time: 
Late Fall
Hardiness Zones: 
7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Cut Flower
Uses: 
Dried Flower
Uses: 
Grass
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses: 
Container
Uses Notes: 

Use in beds, borders and large containers

Maintenance Notes: 

Red Bunny Tails is a neutral-grass. Where temperatures get colder than zero degrees F, the plants should be treated as annuals. Once the grass turns brown it can either be removed immediately or removed in the spring. It should not be expected to live through the winter and begin growing again in the spring.

In areas where winter temperatures remain above zero degrees it should be considered a perennial and the following information should be useful. Evergreen or neutral grasses are usually plants that look like grasses but aren't actually classified as grasses, they are generally called grass-like plants.

Divide evergreen or neutral grasses and grass-like plants in spring only.
Evergreen grasses don't ever go dormant. Dividing plants wounds them to some degree. For evergreen grasses this wounding will really affect their ability to live through the winter.

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